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Pentaxia prepares for composite future

18 Oct 2017 by Engineering Capacity

As it starts the move to its new six-acre site, advanced composites manufacturer Pentaxia will be unveiling £1m investment plans at this year’s Advanced Engineering 2017.

Exhibiting alongside 600 suppliers of engineering products and solutions at the NEC Birmingham on 1st and 2nd November, the company is inviting business leaders to find out more about the installation of cutting edge equipment and upgraded facilities that will double its existing production capability.

Subcontract market up 24%

18 Oct 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Demand for fabrication work from the electronics sector pushed the subcontract manufacturing market up 24% in Q3

The latest Qimtek Contract Manufacturing Index (CMI), which measures the value of contract and subcontract manufacturing orders placed in the market, was 215 for the third quarter of this year compared to 174 for the previous three months.

Compared to the third quarter of 2016 the market was up over 40% from a CMI figure of 153.

The base line CMI figure of 100 represents the average value of the subcontracting market during 2014.

5 years of growth at FSL

18 Oct 2017 by Engineering Capacity

FSL Aerospace, which supplies fasteners and fixings to the aerospace and defence sector, has grown sales and expanded its capabilities to meet customer’s needs.

This year’s growth has come both from new customers and a deeper relationship with existing customers. It included a landmark eight-year contract to supply components to Meggitt Sensing Systems (MSS) Basingstoke for the next generation of aircraft engines.

Aerospace subsidies in focus

17 Oct 2017 by Engineering Capacity
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The latest news that Airbus is to take a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series jet may mitigate the effect of the 300% tariff on imports of the planes sought by the US Department of Commerce, but there is still a serious threat to jobs at Bombardier in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the tariff imposition Paul Adams, head of aerospace at management consultancy, Vendigital, said:

Driverless deliveries for Ocado

11 Oct 2017 by Engineering Capacity

Convert Ltd designed and supplied cable harnesses used by Ocado in Ocado's first UK driverless grocery delivery trials.

Composites manufacturer Shape Machining approached Convert to design and manufacture a cable harness for a project it was working on to build the cargo compartments for a prototype autonomous electric delivery van developed by Oxbotica, a leading driverless car software firm, and trialled by Ocado Technology.